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Born: Jun 30, 1926

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2020

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It is with heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of our mother Mary Sumka on February 27, 2020, with family at her side.
Mary was born in Montreal on June 30, 1926, moved to Winnipeg in 1951 with her husband Peter.
She was predeceased by her husband Peter and granddaughter Andrea. Mary is survived by her seven sons: Stephen (Donna), Daniel, George (Mary), Peter (Brenda), Albert (Shelley), Paul (Darcy), Andrew, and one daughter Katherine Orobko (Tony), plus 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, and her sisters: Sister Marianne Telenko SSMI, and Sister Alicia Telenko SSMI.
Married life in Winnipeg started by living with Peter's parents on Margaret Avenue. In time they moved to Selkirk Avenue building their family and life. Coming from a religious family, Mary found St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church that was welcoming and similar to her church in Pointe St. Charles in Montreal. Her love of the church was a huge part of her life, so much so that she is a "lifetime" parishioner of St. Nicholas Church, joining the Ladies League UCWLC, parents committee and attending church faithfully.
Mary and Peter's home was always an open door to family, friends and neighbours. It was not uncommon for cousins and grandchildren to stay overnight to allow their parents a break or vacation. She enjoyed creating traditional Ukrainian meals and celebrating all holidays and special occasions. Perogy making started at 9:00 a.m. and didn't stop till 6:00 p.m. creating well over twenty dozen to feed all who showed up. Her holubchi were the best, and you often left with take out to enjoy at your own home. You never left mom's kitchen hungry, no matter who you were.
With two religious Sisters often visiting Mary's home it was destiny that her children attended Immaculate Heart of Mary School. With St. Nicholas Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary School, mom ensured that the foundation of faith and learning were introduced to our young minds. Although financially it was a sacrifice, Mary, alongside Peter, participated in many fundraising activities as avid supporters of the church and school.
Mary's positive attitude, and optimistic outlook on life, and deep seeded faith assisted her on living a good life when she transitioned to Holy Family Home in 2014. Her beaming smile, and wonderful personality made her a popular resident with the staff and residents of Holy Family Home. Mom participated in all activities especially church services and bingo. Mom regularly stated that Holy Family Home is a palace.
We'd like to thank Dr. Andrea Babick for her excellent care and compassion for our mother. To the staff of mom's unit St. Mary's 2A, we express our heartfelt gratitude. Mom often referred to her caregivers as angels: Agnes, Magda, Maria, Anna-lee, Jenny and Bernadette. Mom always said "Thank you" and asked "How are you today?", and said "They are so good to me and all my friends".
Thank-you to the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate for their guidance, compassion and prayers throughout our lives.
Panakhyda will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Thursday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 737 Bannerman Avenue. Officiants for the service will be Father Isidore Dziadyk OSBM and Father Bohdan Lukie CSsR. The cantor will be Ron Lukie.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to: Lubov Foundation for Holy Family Home, Bethany Home (Home of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate) or St. Nicholas Church.

Our hearts are full of memories
With pride we speak your name
Though life goes on without you
It will never be the same.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Mother. She was always very friendly and caring to Gerry and myself. She sent a condolence card to Heart and Stroke foundation on behalf of my late husband and it was a very warm and heartfelt thing for her to do. Suzanne - Posted by: Suzanne Shott (cousin) on: Mar 06, 2020

  • It is with deep regret that we’ve heard of your mom’s passing. My mom, Stella, and Mary were good friends, and associated together when at the St, Nicholas women’s league; mom always spoke of Mary with kindness.,both of them also having a larger family and all of us kids attending IHMS, had many things in common. On behalf of mom, and our family, we send you our deepest condolences, and thank you from mom for Mary’s friendship! Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Suchynsky Family (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2020

  • One Easter, I arrived at St. Nicholas church with my basket but I forgot to bring a candle. As I waited for the alter boys, one carrying candles and the other a basket for a donation. I began to look in my purse for a small donation. I realized, I didn't have a small bill so I started looking for some change. As the alter boys were coming closer, I was desperately scrabbling through my wallet and the bottom of my purse. That was when a hand tapped me on the shoulder and passed me a couple of dollars. I was looking into the kind eyes of Mary Sumka. She just smiled and nodded her head. I thanked her and smiled back. Mary taught me kindness that day. Always be kind. Even if it's something small it may have a big and a very memorable impact. Mary you will always be remembered. - Posted by: Marie Ziesmann (Suchynsky) (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2020

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